Seattle's Most Iconic Restaurants

The OpenTable team

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the Seattle dining scene. Here are Seattle’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

Restaurants:Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle, Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle, Lola Seattle
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Asian, Mediterranean
Neighborhoods:Downtown

Purple Cafe and Wine Bar - Seattle

$$$$·American·
Downtown
4,660 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
You know the scene in Beauty and the Beast when Belle enters the beast’s soaring, book-lined library? If you’re a wine lover, you’ll feel the same way walking into Purple Cafe and Read more
86% recommended

Wild Ginger Downtown Seattle

$$$$·Asian·
Downtown
5,066 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Creative Cuisine
When Wild Ginger opened almost 30 years ago, the food scene in America was markedly different: there were few sushi bars, few ramen joints, few places to eat Korean barbecue. Wild Read more
85% recommended
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Lola Seattle

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Downtown
3,688 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Brunch
  • Good for a Date
On its surface, Lola is an excellent Greek spot—dig deeper, though, and you’ll see a Seattle institution, a restaurant with a true sense of place. Chef Tom Douglas uses the best ofRead more
94% recommended
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Shuckers

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown
1,999 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
Shuckers is a Seattle classic in every sense of the word, from the oak paneling to the gleaming fixtures to the perfect platters of oysters. Come for a martini and a dozen at happyRead more
88% recommended
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Tilth

$$$$·American·
Wallingford
2,724 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
Tilth is one of Seattle’s most lauded restaurants, and it’s not hard to see why. Chef Maria Hines takes the best of what’s in season, then transforms it into new-American dishes thRead more
86% recommended
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Dahlia Lounge

$$$$·Northwest·
Downtown
4,763 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
For the past twenty years, Dahlia Lounge has been at the forefront of the Pacific Northwest version of fine dining: impeccable ingredients, great service, and a thoughtful, irreverRead more
90% recommended
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The Capital Grille - Seattle

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown
2,795 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
For a true steakhouse experience—the charred, meaty steaks, the perfectly crisp wedge salads, the rainbow of sides—it’s hard to beat The Capital Grille. The staff knows what they’rRead more
93% recommended
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Tulio

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
3,787 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Cosy
Tulio is a stately, handsome Italian restaurant in the downtown Hotel Vintage Park, where chef Walter Pisano infuses Northern Italian cuisine with the spirit of the Pacific NorthweRead more
85% recommended
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Cafe Juanita

$$$$·Italian·
Kirkland
3,094 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
There are few places better than Cafe Juanita for pitch-perfect Italian food—and this Seattle institution has been going strong since 1980. And after a recent renovation, the spaceRead more
93% recommended
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Umi Sake House

$$$$·Japanese·
Downtown
1,348 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Happy Hour
Umi Sake House is one of the more fun spots to dine in Seattle, with a voluminous menu devoted to sushi and Japanese-American classics and, unsurprisingly, an extensive sake list. Read more
94% recommended
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